Gimme Fiction

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Gimme Fiction
Studio album by Spoon
Released May 10, 2005
Recorded July–September 2004
Genre Indie rock, art rock
Length 43:52
Label Merge
Producer Mike McCarthy, Britt Daniel, Jim Eno
Spoon chronology
Kill the Moonlight
(2002)
Gimme Fiction
(2005)
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
(2007)
Bonus disc
A bonus disc packaged along with select copies of Gimme Fiction
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10)[5]
PopMatters (10/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Stylus Magazine A−[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[9]
Village Voice B+[10]

Gimme Fiction is the fifth album by the indie rock band Spoon, released on May 10, 2005. It debuted at #44 on the Billboard 200. "I Turn My Camera On" has been released as a single, and received some radio-play. Some versions of the album were sold with a bonus disc. "Sister Jack" was used on the Wedding Crashers soundtrack. "I Turn My Camera On" was used on the Bones episode "The Man in the S.U.V".[11] It was also used in The Simpsons episode "Any Given Sundance", and in the season 1 episode "Nevermind" of Friday Night Lights. "I Summon You" plays through the conclusion to the Scrubs episode "My Perspective". It was also used in an episode of the TV show Veronica Mars. "The Infinite Pet" was heard in the film (500) Days of Summer.

The soundtrack of the movie Stranger than Fiction contains versions of songs from Gimme Fiction, including "I Turn My Camera On" and "My Mathematical Mind". The latter is also used in a trailer for the 2008 motion picture 21.

In a 2005 back page column for the magazine Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King named "I Summon You" as his favorite song of the year.[12]

In 2009, Rhapsody ranked the album at #19 on its "100 Best Albums of the Decade" list.[13]

Up to December 2009, Gimme Fiction has sold approximately 215,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Britt Daniel.

  1. "The Beast and Dragon, Adored" – 4:18
  2. "The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine" – 2:58
  3. "I Turn My Camera On" – 3:32
  4. "My Mathematical Mind" – 5:02
  5. "The Delicate Place" – 3:42
  6. "Sister Jack" – 3:35
  7. "I Summon You" – 3:55
  8. "The Infinite Pet" – 3:56
  9. "Was It You?" – 5:02
  10. "They Never Got You" – 4:59
  11. "Merchants of Soul" – 2:49

Bonus disc[edit]

  1. "Carryout Kids" – 2:47
  2. "You Was It" – 3:57
  3. "I Summon You" (demo) – 4:00
  4. "Sister Jack" (piano demo) – 1:43

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2005 Billboard 200 44
2005 Billboard Top Independent Albums 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gimme Fiction Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More - Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Chigley, Jesus (2005-05-09). "Drowned in Sound review". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  4. ^ Greg Kot (2005-05-16). "Entertainment Weekly review". Ew.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ Lundy, Zeth. "PopMatters review". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review[dead link]
  8. ^ "Stylus Magazine review". Stylusmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  9. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review[dead link]
  10. ^ Robert Christgau (2005-06-14). "Village Voice review". Villagevoice.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  11. ^ Bones music season 1[dead link]
  12. ^ King, Stephen (2007-02-01). "Music to My Ears". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  13. ^ "Rhapsody's 100 Best Albums of the Decade" Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  14. ^ Billboard - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2012-02-17.